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Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Mouhcine Guettabi Published in Scientific American

The Institute of Social and Economic Research’s (ISER) Dr. Mouhcine Guettabi, Associate Professor of Economics, was recently published in Scientific American where he discussed his recent research and results on the impact of universal basic income (UBI) on childhood obesity. The article drew from a longer report which Dr. Guettabi […]

2019-10-11T22:32:06-08:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

CDC brings together FASD researchers and collaborators to share findings

Diane King, Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) within ISER, along with Bridget Hanson, Research Associate Professor and Alexandra Edwards, Research Professional, recently attended the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Grantee Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

2019-09-05T13:30:41-08:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Berry recommends building capacity to reduce risk of epidemics reaching the U.S.

Kevin Berry, assistant professor of economics at ISER, writes in The Hill about the importance of long-term investments in health capacity to prevent and quickly respond to disease outbreaks, such as the recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

2019-08-01T11:43:11-08:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend significantly decreases obesity among Alaskan children

A new study of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) program shows that an additional $1,000 PFD decreases the probability of an Alaskan child being obese by as much as 4.5 percentage points, translating to about a 22% reduction in obesity. […]

2019-07-30T14:28:06-08:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Promoting healthy pregnancies: Improving SBIRT in Hawaii

Becky Porter and Bridget Hanson, researchers at ISER’s Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS), collected information from providers of prenatal care in Hawaii on the challenges of delivering SBIRT, an evidenced-based practice to identify patients who misuse alcohol and help them reduce their drinking. The practice can both help prevent alcohol use during pregnancy and prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

2018-12-12T16:39:17-09:00December 12th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Research Matters No. 115 – Trends in Alaska’s Health-Care Spending

All Americans spend a lot to get health care—but Alaskans spend the most per resident, face the highest insurance premiums, and have seen overall spending grow much faster. Jessica Passini, Rosyland Frazier, and Mouhcine Guettabi of ISER have compiled a chart book of  publically available information on health-care spending in Alaska and nationwide since the 1990s and highlight some trends in a new publication, “Trends in Alaska’s Health-Care Spending.”The chart book, available online, synthesizes a wide range of data and present it as an objective, easy-to-use resource.  The authors hope this broad information on trends in health-care spending will help Alaskans better understand what happened, consider possible reasons why, and think about potential ways to change the upward spiral.

2018-09-27T16:52:07-08:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: News, Research Matters|Tags: |

Lunchtime Talk: What Happens if Sugary Drinks are Taxed in Alaska?

Staff from the State of Alaska Section of Chronic Disease Prevention will present the results of a simulation model of a $0.03-per-ounce- state excise tax on sugary drinks in Alaska. The simulation was conducted by the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) research team from the Harvard School of Public Health using Alaska BRFSS data and sugary drink prices.

When: Wednesday, September 26, 12 to 1
Where: ISER Conference Room, Third Floor, 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 301

Note: This talk will not be live streamed or recorded.

2018-09-27T16:52:43-08:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

Research Matters No. 95. Assessing Repeat Child Maltreatment in Alaska

Research Matters No. 95. Assessing Repeat Child Maltreatment in Alaska
December 15, 2015

Statistics from the federal Children’s Bureau show that the rate of repeat child abuse and neglect in Alaska is among the highest in the country. But a new study by ISER researchers Diwakar Vadapalli and Jessica Passini finds that […]

2019-05-02T16:36:15-08:00December 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |